Washington Cadastral Framework

Status Report


Since the last Washington Cadastral Framework project meeting in August, much has happened on the Cadastral Framework Project. The Supplemental Budget Request to the legislature was put together to extend the Cadastral Framework project. The Partnership Agreement has been revised to reflect the long term goals of the project. The DNR has completed its conversion of public land survey, ownership, administration, management, and corner GIS layers to the cadastral database. The integration pilot has been developing business procedures, standards, and integration methods. Integration is being tested in a development environment. The framework projects have been meeting to coordinate the framework theme implementations. The Washington Cadastral Framework Project has been participating in the Parcel Consortium of the National Integrated Land System. The Washington Cadastral Framework web site is being revised to show the integration database with all of the parcel, legal description, boundary, point, and document data. The FGDC has extended the project grant deadline to 03/31/00 to allow time to complete the integration pilot and integration plans.

The Cadastral Framework partners have met 11/18/98, 06/15/99, and 08/19/99 to review the goals, direction, and status of phase 2 of the project. At the last meeting, the integration plan and an initiative to develop the Supplemental Budget Request was developed. IAC had held meetings of the Public Lands Inventory Project Data Reporting Committee on 01/12/99, 02/24/99, 04/21/99, 08/13/99, 09/08/99, and 09/13/99 to discuss continuing support and maintenance of public lands and growth management with respect to their mandate from the legislature to provide options for future public lands inventory updates. As a result of this effort, a Supplemental Budget Request has been developed to provide assistance to CTED, DFW, DNR, Grant County, PRC, and Spokane County for developing GIS based land records and integrating data contributions to the Cadastral Framework database. DOT will continue to participate based on existing funding sources.

The integration pilot partners met 02/03/99, 03/03/99, 04/07/99, 05/05/99, and 07/22/99, to address the technical implementation of integration standards and processes. US Bureau of Land Management and Longview Fibre have submitted data in their proprietary formats for integration. DNR and Snohomish County have submitted data in the transfer standard format for integration. ESRI and Clallam County have also participated. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Parks and Recreation Commission met with DNR 08/26/99 to discuss their participation on the integration extension to Grant and Spokane counties. Minutes for the meetings and revisions for the business processes and roles have been distributed and are available on the web site.

The integration pilot has attempted to minimize the work load on the data integrator and data providers. Partners discussed several possible procedures for integrating data in the pilot. Partners are providing updated data sets for integration development and testing. Partners expanded the scope of the integration pilot from Legal Area Descriptions, Boundaries, and Corners to include Parcels. BLM is developing the PLS subdivision of sixteenth sections and government lots, and assigning GCDB codes to corners in east Snohomish County. BLM's revisions will be integrated into the framework database. DNR is also working on improving the quality of corner data to put on the Cadastral Framework database. GCDB codes, monumentation status, corner types and qualifiers are being automated and will be verified by the integrator in land survey. A cadastral data transfer standard has been developed to allow partners to extract data from their data sets and integrate the data into the framework database. Partners have reviewed the data transfer standard several times. DNR has developed AML programs which will create transfer standard tables, format partner data into the transfer standard, and extract ASCII attribute and shape files for integration with the framework database. These AML programs could be used as examples by additional partners for developing procedures to integrate their data. The development and maintenance of these programs has been turned over to the integration partners. DNR has also developed some validation routines to check for required fields and check for completeness of the partner transaction. An additional check for the production view of the integration database must be completed. Partners will soon be able to access the database directly through ArcView or Arc DBMS integrator to extract data without having to download through an FTP process.

Representatives of the framework Transportation, Hydrography, and Cadastral projects have met on 01/26/99, 02/18/99, 03/31/99, 04/29/99, 06/02/99, 07/16/99, and 10/13/99, to review requirements of theme integration and coordinate development. The Cadastral Framework Project has expressed interest in Hydrography features, and Transportation routes and addressing. Hydrography and Transportation projects are interested in having the Cadastral Framework provide point coordinates of significant locations.

The Washington Cadastral Framework Project has been representing the Washington Framework partners on the NILS project with input on changes that should be made to the Cadastral Data Content Standard, implementation of the cadastral object classes, and development of tools to edit those objects within ARC 8.1. The NILS Parcel Consortium has held numerous telephone conference calls and has met about one week per month (06/21-24/99, 07/26-30/99, 08/09-13/99, 08/30-09/03/99, 09/27-30/99, and 10/18-22/99) to develop and refine the requirements for parcel management and land surveys. In early September, the DNR and Thurston County hosted the NILS requirements team as part of a requirements development session. The NILS team greatly appreciated the opportunity to compare the NILS requirements with the operational requirements of individual sites. Thanks go to Andrew Kinney for setting up the Thurston County visit, and to Bob Pool for offering to host a visit to Clark County. The NILS team also visited BLM, FS, and Polk County, OR. A requirements review meeting will be held in Portland, OR, on 11/29-30/99 for regional exposure in the NW. Participation in the NILS project has provided an opportunity to promote the requirements and standards which the Washington partners have developed at a national level.

The remaining tasks for the project are to set up direct partner access to the database, publish the integrated data, and develop database backup/recovery procedures. As the FGDC supported development project draws to a close, the transition to a supported application system must be made. The development project is just a first step. The integration of cadastral data will go on and noticeable improvements in data quality, coverage, and integration tools will be made.